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General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation
High Degree of Caution
Security Status Last Updated: 26 July 2021
Latest Travel Alert
Covid-19 is still a threat, but with continued public health measures, vaccination and testing, it will be possible to travel internationally. You will need to plan your travel carefully and there are risks.
Department of Foreign Affairs services and practical supports to all Irish Citizens travelling abroad can be found on dfa.ie/Travel
Travel to Andorra
The Andorran authorities have introduced a number of measures in response to the on-going coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Passengers who intend to spend three or more nights in Andorra are required to provide a PCR or TMA test carried out a maximum of 72 hours before their arrival in Andorra. Children under six are exempt.
Further information in relation to testing requirements is available on the website of the Govern d’Andorra.
Travel to Andorra requires transit through France or Spain. If you intend to enter Andorra, you should consult the Travel Advice for the country that you will be required to transit before deciding on your travel.
The use of face masks is compulsory in certain locations, such as on public transport, as well as in bars, restaurants and shops.
Public transport is also operating at a reduced capacity to allow providers adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Further information (in Catalan) can be found on the website of the Andorran Authorities.
General Travel Advice
We suggest you learn as much as you can about Andorra before your trip from travel agents, tour operators and guide books. The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems when you’re in Andorra, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.
Specific emergency numbers are:
- Ambulance/Fire Brigade 118
- Police 110
- Mountain Rescue 112
- Medical Emergency Service 116
Travel to Ireland
Up to date information on travelling to Ireland can be found on gov.ie
Information on Travel within Europe (EU/EEA) can also be found on Re-open EU.
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
There is a general threat from terrorism in Europe, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by tourists and expatriates. However, the threat in Andorra is considered to be low. In the event of any security incident, you should follow the instructions of the local authorities.
Crime remains relatively low in Andorra but you should take sensible precautions:
- Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
- Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport or your passport card (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
- Avoid showing large sums of money in public. Check that no one can see you enter your PIN or the transaction amount, and no one has has followed you after conducting your business.
- Keep a close eye on your personal belongings and hold on to them in public places such as internet cafés, train and bus stations.
If you’re a victim of a crime while in Andorra, report it to the local police immediately. The number for the police in Andorra is 110. You can contact us at the Irish Embassy in Madrid if you need help.
If you’re planning to drive in Andorra, you should take normal precautions and to drive on the right-hand side, the opposite to Ireland. If you want to drive:
- Bring your full and international driving licence and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance.
- If you are hiring a vehicle, make sure that you have all the documentation to present to police, in case required.
- Andorra has stricter drink-driving laws than most European Union countries. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law and you risk being detained, fined or banned from driving if caught.
- If you need to leave your vehicle as the result of a breakdown or accident, you must wear a reflective jacket. Failure to do so can result in a fine.
- Drivers must carry two red warning triangles to place in front of and behind the vehicle in the event of an accident or breakdown.
Hiring a vehicle
If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.
Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Local laws and customs
Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs , traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal.
Illegal drug use (no matter what the drug), carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms.
It's illegal to consume alcohol in public in Andorra and there is a penalty of €300.
Andorra isn't a member of the European Union and if you buy duty-free tobacco, liquor and luxury goods, you'll have to pay taxes and duties on them when you re-enter European Union countries.
Entry requirements (visa/passport)
Irish citizens don’t need a visa to enter Andorra.
Your passport must be valid for the planned period of your stay. You should take a number of photocopies of your passport with you and during your stay, and carry a photocopy of your passport at all times.
Natural disasters and climate
If you’re travelling to Andorra, make sure you know what to expect – then plan and pack so that you’re prepared. Co-operate with local authorities and emergency services in the case of serious incidents
If you’re going to a ski resort, take advice on weather and avalanche conditions before you travel and throughout your visit (see: www.avalanches.org).
Be alert to the risk of avalanches and always follow the safety instructions issued by the authorities at ski resorts.
We can’t pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. If you buy an appropriate travel insurance policy, these costs will be covered, provided you haven’t broken the terms and conditions. If you’re planning on skiing or taking part in other winter or adventure sports, ensure that your insurance policy provides appropriate cover.
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not valid in Andorra.
Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.
Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.
Your policy should cover:
- All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
- Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.
- 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
- Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
- Lost and stolen possessions.
- Cancellation and curtailment.
- Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. activities such as skiing or other winter or adventure sports).
Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.
More travel advice
Because we don’t have an Embassy or Consulate in Andorra, we can’t give you up-to-date travel advice.
But you can visit these foreign ministries for more detailed information:
- UK: Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- Canada: Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
- New Zealand: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- USA: Department of State
As there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in Andorra, assistance is provided through the Embassy of Ireland, Madrid.
Please note that if you require urgent assistance while the Embassy is closed, you should call the main Embassy number, +34 91 4364093, and leave a message on the Duty Officer voice mailbox.
This mailbox is monitored regularly.
Embassy of Ireland
Paseo de la Castellana 46-4
Monday to Friday from 10am-2pm
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.